The Cheapest Way to Heat Your Home

What Is The Cheapest & Most Efficient Way To Heat Your Home?

Having an efficient heating system is one of the most important steps you can take to reduce your fuel bills and your carbon emissions. In the average UK household, over 50% of the fuel bills are spent on heating and hot water.

If we want to reach the net zero carbon emissions target set by the government, we must reduce the carbon emissions from heating our homes by 95% over the next 30 years. In 2020, the average UK household generated 2690kg of carbon dioxide from home and hot water heating. By 2020, this needs to be reduced to just 140kg per household – meaning we need to cut our usage by 2550kg.

An efficient heating system that you can easily control can help to reduce your fuel bills and your carbon emissions.

Electric

Electric heating includes electric radiators, underfloor heating, electric boilers and more. Electricity is fast becoming an increasingly low carbon form of heating, as more renewable energy sources are connected to the grid to replace outdated coal and gas power stations. Carbon emissions from electricity are expected to continue to drop in the future, making electricity a very low carbon solution for energy and heating.

While electricity is currently more expensive than gas and other fossil fuels to buy from the grid, you can power electric heating solutions from renewable sources, such as solar PV. Electric heating can often be installed at a lower cost than other heating solutions and usually requires very little maintenance. It can also be used flexibly to heat one room at a time as required, so you aren’t wasting energy and money heating rooms you aren’t using. Electric heating is also usually highly controllable, so you can program your heating to fit around your lifestyle.

Gas

Gas is currently cheaper per unit than electricity, however there are a number of other factors that make the comparison much less simple. A brand new gas boiler is only around 90% efficient, whereas electric heating is 100% efficient. Many properties across the UK also don’t have access to the gas grid.

Gas heating systems emit harmful carbon emissions that contribute to climate change and damage the environment. If we are to reach the UK Government’s target of net zero by 2050, we need to reduce our use of gas. New build properties will not be allowed to install gas boilers from 2025, and older homes will eventually have to follow suit and phase out their old gas systems.

Gas boilers also require insurance and maintenance can be costly.

Heating Oil

Many homes that aren’t connected to the gas grid currently use oil central heating. Heating oil is delivered by road and stored in a tank which may be rented or purchased from the supplier. The price of heating oil fluctuates throughout the year, and can be affected by the weather, political unrest and global production, as well as time of year and where you live.

As oil is delivered by road, consider the possibility that you could run out while waiting for your next delivery. Oil is a fossil fuel and produces harmful carbon dioxide when burned, and the UK Government has banned the installation of oil boilers in new build homes from 2025 as part of the net zero strategy. Older homes will have to follow suit and start to phase out their old oil systems.

LPG

LPG – or liquefied petroleum gas – is used by many homes that aren’t connected to the gas grid for heating. As with heating oil, LPG is delivered by road and stored in a tank. The price of LPG fluctuates depending on crude oil pricing, and partly due to the natural gas crisis. Unlike natural gas, LPG is a product of crude oil, but natural gas is also used in the manufacturing process.

As LPG is delivered by road, you could run out while waiting for your next delivery. LPG is a fossil fuel, and installation of LPG boilers will be banned in new build properties from 2025.

How To Choose Which Is Right For You?

How you heat your home is extremely important. Not only will it keep you warm and cosy all year round, it will also have a big impact on your energy bills and your carbon footprint. There are many factors that are important to consider when deciding which heating system is right for you.

Age Of Property

If you live in an older property, before you invest in a new heating system you should consider improving your home’s efficiency. Even the most efficient heating system will struggle to keep your property warm if you have single glazed windows, uninsulated walls and gaps around the doors. Read our guide on sustainable heating for some tips on how to improve your home’s efficiency.

If you live in a listed building, there are constraints on what works you can have carried out. Installing some heating systems can be a very invasive process, and would not be allowed in certain properties.

New build properties from 2025 will not be allowed to install gas, heating oil or LPG systems as part of the government’s net zero policy.

Size Of Property

If you have a larger property, you’ll need a more powerful boiler to heat the whole building and to ensure the appropriate water pressure is maintained. It can be expensive to heat every room in a large property, unless you opt for electric heating, which is highly programmable and can be turned on one room at a time.

Both oil and LPG require your property to have enough space for a storage tank, which could be a problem for smaller homes.

Location

Not all homes are connected to the gas grid, especially those in more rural locations. Similarly, you may have trouble getting heating oil and LPG delivered if you live far from a road. If this is the case, you could use renewable energy to generate electricity to power your home.

Get Started With Your Home Heating With Northwest Heating Solutions

Home heating is changing and moving away from fossil fuels. The days of gas and oil heating systems are numbered, and it’s clear that the future is in renewable energy sources to heat our homes with electricity.

Northwest Heating Solutions are specialists in ultra-modern and efficient electric heating. We’re proud to be a Which? Trusted Trader for our high standards of customer service, value and quality, and our NAPIT accredited installers work to a no mess, no fuss policy when fitting your stylish new heating system.

ELKATHERM® electric radiators are A++ energy rated. They stay warm for hours with minimal additional power, meaning more warmth for your money and greater control than traditional storage heating. ELKATHERM® electric radiators use a massive five times surface area to provide superior radiated heat and spread convected warmth around the room, ensuring you aren’t left with cold spots. There’s no need for a noisy fan, so you won’t get uncomfortable dry air associated with other forms of electric heating. Once your ELKATHERM® electric radiator is up to temperature, it will typically draw between 15 and 17 minutes of electricity per hour to top up the core and maintain your cosy home. You can control each room individually, selecting the times and temperatures to best suit your lifestyle, and ensuring you don’t waste heat in rooms you aren’t using. We offer a range of control options, including our latest smartphone app which allows you to control your heating remotely.

Our ELKATHERM® electric radiators also come with a 4-year guarantee for electronic components, and a massive 25-year guarantee for the internal heat core. They are completely VDE approved and LOT20 compliant.

Sunamp heat batteries deliver mains pressure hot water on demand with superb efficiency. Packed with modern electric water heating technology, Sunamp heat batteries are ultra compact, need little or no maintenance, and can be charged using an off-peak energy tariff, or divert energy from solar PV, heat pumps or other renewable sources. They are perfect for those conscious about reducing carbon emissions, reducing or eliminating gas usage and controlling energy bills. Update your homes’s water heating system safely, quietly and with excellent pressure with Sunamp.